On 19 May 2015, Programme Director Veronique Dudouet was invited to a workshop at the OECD in Paris, focusing on the first Peacebuilding and Statebuilding Goal of the New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States, entitled “Legitimate politics: Foster inclusive political settlements and conflict resolution”. She was asked to present a concept note outlining an upcoming study commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) on behalf of the International Network on Conflict and Fragility (INCAF). This study will review how ‘donors’ (i.e. OECD members) understand their own roles in supporting inclusive and legitimate politics in fragile and conflict-affected states, which opportunities and/or constraints they face, and how their support for inclusive political settlements is perceived by other stakeholders (local government counterparts, civil society actors, other international agencies).
Berghof Foundation is the leading consultant for this study, in collaboration with a team at the Clingendael Institute. Case studies will be conducted on/in Somalia, Afghanistan, South Sudan and Timor Leste over the summer 2015, and the final study will be published in early 2016.
This opportunity arose from dissemination events conducted in the realm of the ongoing (and soon to be concluded) project Avoiding conflict relapse through inclusive political settlements. Related publications can be accessed on the project website: www.ips-project.org